ClearFuels Technology, Inc.
Robert Shleser is a founder of ClearFuels Technology Inc,a Hawaii company developing technology for processing biomass to transportation fuels and energy products. He first became involved with biomass energy issues in 1975 as an employee of James M. Montgomery Engineering where he developed the plan for the “ Agriculture Research and Development Center” at the Experimental City of Tomorrow (EPCOT) at Disney world in Orlando Florida.
In 1993 as a consultant to Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) of the State of Hawaii he was responsible for evaluating the technical and economic performance of emerging technologies for conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol.
He is the author of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) 1994 comprehensive evaluation of ethanol production technologies and financial analysis for production in Hawaii. From 1994 to 95, he developed and managed the Sustainable Biomass Energy Program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) in Hawaii. The program evaluated technologies that might contribute to the economic performance of sugar production in Hawaii. The Project sponsors and participants were: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Amoco Corporation, Cargill Corporation, AMFAC/JMB Corporation, Maui Electric Company, Hawaiian Electric Company, DBEDT, The Electric and Power Research Institute (EPRI) The Hawaii Sugar Planters Association (HSPA) and The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) of the University of Hawaii. These evaluations provided background and perspective on technology selection and opportunities for commercial ethanol production in Hawaii that provided the foundations for establishing ClearFuels Technology.